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Inside the Gameplan: Spring game observations and speculations

Casey Thompsn (Will Gallagher/IT)
Casey Thompsn (Will Gallagher/IT)

Re-watching the spring game I was getting a vague sense of deja vu that I finally sorted out as I reviewed the notes. It was like watching one of those old Red River Shootouts where Bob Stoops and Brent Venables had the Texas playbook and tendencies on lockdown and everyone on the defense looked like all-world athletes as they flew around the field. In this game that was less a result of juxtaposing an athletic and well prepared defense with a startled offensive staff and more the result of a scrimmage setting where the offense was vanilla and didn’t play to their strengths.

Texas leaned on the calls they utilized last year, typically mixing the boundary-twins look that set Lil’Jordan Humphrey loose last year with some other trips sets and basic runs that the defense surely knows backward and forward. If Humphrey had still been on the field it would have looked different, or if Collin Johnson had been out there, but instead there was nothing doing. The orange offense looked unsure, tentative, and got whipped.

The second team battles had less to offer. The staff did what they could to make Casey Thompson look comfortable and confident in tough conditions and he was able to scramble his way to some production versus a walk-on laden unit that didn’t bring much fire. Here are the big picture observations and speculations I took from the scrimmage.

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History major, football theorist.